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LAPD Treating Jackson Death as Homicide

7/15/2009 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ the LAPD is already treating Michael Jackson's death as a homicide, and they are focusing on Dr. Conrad Murray.

Law enforcement sources tell us the evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of Jackson's death. As we first reported, vials of Propofol were found in Jackson's home after he died.

Law enforcement sources say there is already "plenty of powerful evidence" linking Dr. Murray as the person who administered the drug to Jackson. The evidence includes various items found in Jackson's house, including the Propofol, an IV stand and oxygen tank.

Dr. Murray's lawyer would neither confirm nor deny if his client administered the Propofol.

And we've learned the LAPD has had "multiple conversations" with the L.A. County District Attorney's office, although the case has not been formally presented to the D.A.


One Step Closer to Solving Jackson Drug Mystery


 One Step Closer to Solving Jackson Drug MysteryWe've learned the DEA is hot on the trail of finding out who got the powerful anesthesia that may have killed Michael Jackson.

As we first reported, law enforcement sources tell us they believe Propofol was the primary cause of Jackson's death. One of the vials of Propofol found at Jackson's home was manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The DEA contacted Teva to track down the vial in question.

Our sources say Teva looked at the lot number of the vial and found some of the vials in the lot went to AmerisourceBergen -- a distributor of the drug. We're told the DEA contacted AmerisourceBergen a few days ago and asked for all sales records of Propofol over a recent two-month period.

We're told the DEA is looking to match doctors or other health care providers that obtained the drug with doctors who have some connection to Michael Jackson.

MIchael Jackson Drug Pictures

Anesthesia in Jackson Case Tracked


Michael Jackson PropofolWe've learned several pharmaceutical companies have been contacted by the DEA in the Michael Jackson case and we're told authorities are getting closer to identifying which person may have supplied the powerful anesthesia Propofol that appears to have killed the singer.

Sources tell us law enforcement found vials of Propofol in Michael Jackson's house after he died. The vials all have lot numbers. We're told several days ago the DEA contacted Teva Pharmaceuticals -- which manufactured one of the vials found at the house -- to determine who purchased it.

Teva sells Propofol to medical distributors, who then turn around and sell the vials to hospitals and doctors.

And, law enforcement sources say, the DEA also contacted other manufacturers of Propofol from the other vials found in Jackson's home.

Here's the problem. Although every vial has a lot number, the vials are not marked individually. There are thousands of vials in a lot. So the DEA and LAPD are trying to hone in on the culprit but, we're told, it's no easy task.


Rowe's Lawyer -- Debbie Doesn't Want MJ's Money


Debbie Rowe's lawyer just fired off a letter to the New York Post ... demanding a retraction of its story that Rowe has accepted $4 million to walk away from Michael Jackson's two eldest kids.

Debbie Rowe - Launch docs

The letter -- written by Rowe's lawyer Eric George -- says "Among the several contenders for overzealous and inaccurate sensationalism, the New York Post has now seized top honors."

George says "Ms. Rowe has not accepted -- and will not accept -- any additional financial consideration beyond the spousal support she and Michael Jackson personally agreed to several years ago." This is a very significant statement and we've confirmed it with another Jackson source.

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Jackson's Maid -- He Binged On Drugs


Michael JacksonOne of Michael Jackson's former housekeepers told law enforcement the singer was often in such bad shape from drugs, his eyes would roll back in his head.

We've obtained documents from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department's 1993 investigation into allegations of child molestation. Kristina Fournier told deputies back then ... she saw syringes while she was employed at Neverland. Deputies asked her if she ever saw Jackson inject himself with a hypodermic needle -- she said no.

Fournier told deputies she was aware Jackson was under the influence of drugs and "under a doctor's care." Fournier said she saw doctors "come and go" at Neverland.

And Fournier said, on the subject of Jackson's drug addiction, "I think he had good periods and bad periods, and when he had a bad period, he had a bad period. Then he would get off (referring to drugs) and then it would start again."

Fournier said it was "well-known" among the Neverland staff that Jackson had a drug problem -- "Yes, and people would say, his eyes were rolling in the back of his head and he wouldn't know what he was talking about."

Neverland Ranch Raid

Debbie Rowe Injected Jackson with Drugs


Debbie RoweDebbie Rowe frequently injected Michael Jackson with drugs while she worked for Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein.

We've obtained law enforcement documents from the 2005 molestation trial. Included in the records is an affidavit from a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputy who served a search warrant on Dr. Klein in 1993 to obtain Jackson's medical records during the first molestation investigation.

In the affidavit, the deputy writes, in August 1993, "...Ms. Rowe observed the back of Jackson's body while she gave him massages to help him sleep. Ms. Rowe also observed Jackson's buttocks on numerous occasions when she gave him injections prior to acne treatments."

The affidavit does not specify the type of drug Rowe administered. As we reported, Jackson sought out anesthesia and other sedatives for even minor procedures, including acne treatment.

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Jackson Doc Did Not Fully Cooperate


Jackson Doc Did Not Fully CooperateThe assistant coroner who just went to Dr. Arnold Klein's office for Michael Jackson's medical records just confirmed our story -- that he went to the office because Dr. Klein was not fully cooperating with their request for documents.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter just told us ... on July 2 his office contacted Dr. Klein's office and requested Jackson's medical records. Klein's lawyer sent partial records and then promised to send the rest later, but never did. Winter told us his office then called Dr. Klein's rep to say they still hadn't received the documents but Klein's people never responded.

And Winter says, that's why he went to Klein's office today. Winter tells us a lawyer for Dr. Klein was in the office and another lawyer was on the phone. Winter says the lawyers promised to ante up the additional files within 24 hours.

We spoke to Ed after he talked to the press outside of Dr. Klein's office today -- when he said Klein had fully cooperated.

Jackson's Docs Allegedly Manipulated Pharmacies


Michael JacksonWe've obtained law enforcement documents from Michael Jackson's 2005 molestation trial -- and the depth of the singer's drug dependency is further surfacing.

As far back as 1993, Jackson was using aliases to score drugs, according to an employee at the Neverland Ranch. Joey Jeszeck, who worked security, told Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies in 1993 that Jackson would ask him "to go to a pharmacy and pick up his prescription for him." Jeszeck said sometimes the scripts were in the name of other people.

The report says: "Sometimes the pharmacy wouldn't release Jackson's medication to him since it was not in Jeszeck's name. Jackson would then call the doctor and have the prescription changed into the name of the person he was sending to pick it up."

Jeszeck said "one of these doctors was Dr. Farshchian in Florida."

Jackson's Knack for Picking Friendly Docs


MIchael JacksonMichael Jackson had a way of picking doctors who became such close friends with him that the doctor-patient distinction became blurred.

Dr. Alex Farshchian
from Miami was "awe-struck" by Jackson, according to former L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Laperruque, who worked security for Jackson. We obtained notes from an interview Laperruque had with detectives during the child molestation investigation in Santa Barbara. Laperruque said Dr. Farshchian was so enamored with Jackson, he invited the singer to stay at his house in Miami. Laperruque says Jackson took the doctor up on his offer and ended up staying in his converted garage. The question -- why would Jackson settle for such accommodations?

Laperruque told detectives "Farshchian may have been over prescribing medication."

Dr. Arnold Klein was Jackson's longtime friend and Beverly Hills dermatologist. Klein bragged on Larry King that he has slept in the same room as Jackson and shared a close bond with him, going on numerous vacations with the singer. One of Jackson's drivers told the coroner Jackson would spend 3 - 4 hours in Klein's office and come out looking disoriented. A former bodyguard said he also saw Jackson leave Klein's office looking out of it. And powerful prescriptions were found at Neverland -- prescribed by Dr. Klein. The prescriptions were written for Frank Tyson, who worked for Jackson. A former bodyguard said Jackson would use Tyson's name to score drugs. Klein has said he prescribed Demerol for Jackson, a drug to which Jackson was addicted.

Dr. Allan Metzger
, who practices in West Hollywood, went on one of Jackson's concert tours and was close to him. He even videotaped the singer's wedding to Debbie Rowe. Dr. Metzger received a public reprimand for prescribing drugs to Janet Jackson under an alias. Dr. Metzger would not tell us whether he ever prescribed drugs to Michael under an alias. He told us he has not been Jackson's doctor for years, but he spoke with him as recently as last April about medical issues and personal matters.

Some medical experts suggest it's a bad idea for doctors to become close to their patients because the doctors must retain the power to say "no" when the patient wants something that is not medically appropriate. Whatever his motives, Michael Jackson had a talent for picking doctors who were more than happy to pick him as a friend.

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46.

CD Martin    

Ladies and Gentlemen, Rock n' Roll

1905 days ago
47.

IansMommy08    

You know what's sad is that the media paid more F***ing attention to Michael Jackson's death then they did on the 125 US military personelle that died fighting for our freedom how F***ed up is that. My heart goes out to the families who's brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers ect who died fighting for what they believed in my heart does not go out to michael jackson, he lived the life he wanted to live and he died living that life

1905 days ago
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doug1863    

if he did kill him, bring to him trial, but i can' t help to feel, that he may have actually brought this man the peace he has always searched for. i do not condone what he did. he was a child molester and i am glad he cant harm anymore children, but again if this guy did kill jackson, he needs to be put on trial

1905 days ago
49.

Phat B    

For thoae of you that find it gratifying to suck up gossip and slander, may that force be with you. This should be a time for the public for whom Michael Jackson lived and died, mourn the man who gave so much to "entertain" and heal the world he wasn't just famous in America. For those that continue to "accuse" a man who went through the judicial system and endured the agony and abandonment, seek self healing. Apparently it is easier to tear a person down than acknowledge their sacrifices. His personal life like Bill Clinton's and the many other human natured mistake offenders should only serve as information for one to or not to follow their footsteps but to consistently accuse, riddicule and disrespect him is blatant hate and you need healing. His children are old enough to read our thoughts about a man that loved them enough to shelter them as long as he could from the public and his "so-called" fans. In public and on stage he perfomed beyond our imaginations. The tabloid pictures and media assasinators rhetoric does not erase his heart and his children. You don't have to like his art but don't assassinate his being because of collected accusations.

1905 days ago
50.

suz    

It bothers me that men in the military are sacrificing their lives EVERYDAY for us and our country but their death is being overshadowed by the death of this man who was a drug addict/child molester. The world has truly gone crazy!

1905 days ago
51.

notdajudge    

hey y'all...wow a lot of comments, some pretty nasty, some sad, some plain stupid...ya know there are millions of people suffering from addiction and when you are in the throes of addiction you are NOT yourself and your disease is running the show...I am STUNNED by all the people with "pull" around him saw what he was doing and when they tried an intervention, he didn't let them in???? Are you frikkin kidding me...the show on TV intervention has more maniacal people and their families have NO resources or money and they get it handled to save the addict's kids and to help the person to at least be sober enough to hear...IT'S gonna stop, or you lose your kids, or SOMETHING..which in MJ's case was the ONLY thing he probably would have had SOME kind of r eaction to, because otherwise I don't think he cared too much about anyone else or what they thought...just cause he wouldn't let them in...the family didn't intervene and get those kids out of that FREAK SHOW existence...wow, I think the family should really feel ashamed for NOT getting more aggressive and butting in...the kids are what matter here..he was on a course of death, if it wasn't now, it would have been soon...the human body can only take so much and he has been apparently doing this for years....it is sad that ANYONE has to lose their lives to drugs, MJ or not...I am praying for his kids and all addicts in the world....who may still have a pulse for a chance to recover..hopefully the one thing that comes out of this is that Doc's will have license revoked and there will BE consequences for doing this crap for money...he was not alive for YEARS as far as I feel, just an empty shell walking around...his family COULD have saved him...God Bless y'all and pray for the living addicts that still have a chance!!!!

1905 days ago
52.

Justin    

in regards to this comment """2. I suppose MJ's groupies will still defend him even though he WAS a drug addict with severe mental problems. He WAS a talented entertainer.......SO WHAT! Did that improve your lives, put food in your tummys, a roof over your heads, pay your medical bills, pay the fireman that saved your house, pay the policeman that protected you, help the farmer grow quality food for you, give you a good education??? No, it was only entertainment! Get your priorities right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted at 2:14PM on Jul 15th 2009 by Debra"""

lol @ so called groupies, he was to private for all that, what MJ had was fans....Fans because he was the greatest entertainer the world has ever seen...despite the fact that he had drug and mental problems that resulted from a horrible childhood, and a nightmare of a life, he still pushed on to do what he loved, better than anyother person on this earth...and thats all he did for himself. What he did for other countless families across the world cannot be gauged, he and his family were the first black family into 88% of white americas houses, opening the door for others, ie. Micheal Jordan, Venus & Serena Williams, Presidant Barak Obama........i dont need to humor your ignorance any further........good luck dumb Debra....

1905 days ago
53.

Robert Taylor    

ENOUGH SAID!!! Jackson deserves to die in peace, not have the "MEDIA" stirring up the story with claims of HOMICIDE, pointing at possible people who were employed by Jackson. Jackson was a man who could BUY ANYTHING, ANY TIME, ANY WHERE!! If he died from an over dose of some medication, he did it himself. Stop all the crap and leave him to be remembered for his music. He has 3 children who read all the "MEDIA CRAP" and it needs to stop and stop now! Enough already!!!

1905 days ago
54.

Blue    

Do any of you negative people remember Elvis? Bet you love / loved him, huh? Wasn't it determined that he was a druggie? Then what is the difference - or does your hatred towards Michael go deeper than you care to tell?

1905 days ago
55.

Riot5000    

Those calling LaToya crazy for asserting that her borther was killed might end up being the real crazy fools afterall

1905 days ago
56.

Kellye    

I hope that all the facts are able to get out before we start to pass judgement on this whole crazy situation.
As for Michael Jackson the charitable entertainer, im sorry not a Hero in my book!
It is sad and tragic that he died so young and left 3 children without a daddy to love and guide them.
We must remember he had many issues he had to contend with in his life! He didn't deal with them in a way that helped! He always hide from them and so many other's enabled him to do so to a fault which now he is dead!
He was an addict in every sense of the word. What should we remember him for, is his charity to the children of this world.
What should we gain from all that has happen? We should gain knowledge on how to not to let a friend or love one abuse drugs till they die! We need to seek out our elected officials to allow for new laws. That allow a persons family the right to seek and gain appropriate medical treatment and psychological help. We shouldn't have to wait till someone dies as Michael did screaming out for help! I see so much awfulness in the world today. What I am unable to see is hope for all our futures. I pray I am wrong because I have 3 children who deserve better. So I ask that we all take a moment to say hello to someone you don't even know! Do it in Michaels Honor & Memory. I met him once and he said hello in such a genuine way. That is what I will remember about him. My Thoughts and Prayers go to his mother who I also met. What pain must she be going through. As for debby rowe she is no mother! I hope she never gets the children, she sold for profit not Love!

1905 days ago
57.

Jane    

Propofol? I mean, really! That's what we use in ICU to enduce medical "comas" for whatever reason. As soon as you inject the drug into your vein, you "go out" and you MUST HAVE a "breathing tube" (endotracheal tube or tracheostomy tube) to be attached to a ventilator to breathe for you. YOU CANNOT inject this drug without an airway in place with assisted ventilation. This is an anesthesia type drug that induces complete sedation for medical needs. What in THEE HELL was that doctor thinking? I mean, really.........diprivan? Seriously? I'm just a critical care nurse and I would never, ever do what that doctor did! All of the nursing community is wondering the same also. We all thought it must be a homocide if he injected diprivan! Without an airway, you're screwed!

1905 days ago
58.

Tina Mama    

Debra, Michael Jackson may not have paid medical bills for you or for me, but he certainly DID alot to help sick children and families and gave a considerable amount to charities.

1905 days ago
59.

Victor 111    

The majority of americans are sheep. Thats why threre prioriyties are so screwed up. Thats why what should be important is'nt. Its really sad so many peoplle are so blnd or ignorant or both.

1905 days ago
60.

idiots    

You pepole would believe the sky was falling are you pepole that bored in your life to constently be on this case he's gone get over it, you know if you put as much effort and time into more importnat things in life you may fix tre world, you pepole are being suckered into the media , money, and b.s these pepole are shovling, i could never get into show buissnes, becasue to yuppy iods, and lieing media be in my face 24 7 get a life pepole he's dead ge3t over it, if you choose not to then you chose the closed mind class of pepole messing things up in the world your all hopeless idiots.

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